With France pledging to triple or even quadruple its solar energy production by 2028, one of the biggest challenges is finding the necessary space to build the solar farms. Rooftops alone can’t solve the problem. The most cost-effective method is installing photovoltaic panels at ground level, but this will require an additional 3,000 to 4,000 hectares per year.
An innovative approach is focusing on whether land can have a double function: agriculture and energy production. Sun’Agri has developed solar panels that are built high above existing crops. A pilot project using vines suggests the plants may even benefit from the panels above, as they can act as a shield when there is an abundance of sunlight or water stress.